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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Grand Launching of Artsphere 20/8ty at The Atmosphere, Seri Kembangan

So about two weeks ago something fun and artistic was launched in Seri Kembangan. What is it? Yes, you've guess it right. It's the grand launching of Artsphere 20/8ty at The Atmosphere, Seri Kembangan.

So what is Arstsphere 20/8ty? The thematic concept `Artsphere 20/8ty’ pays tribute to the 20 talented artists, whose 80 pieces of mural artwork adorn the vicinity, making `The Atmosphere’ the single location with the highest collection of mural art in Malaysia. And these are 3D masterpieces that will interact with onlookers. `The Atmosphere’ team has organized a frenzy of activities for visitors giving them not only a chance to strike their best pose with the artworks, and they also have other activities such as Christmas carols, Mimes, Stilt Walkers, Juggler, street dancers, clowns and street magic. In addition to selfies with the art works on the walls and floors, a Polaroid Photographer will be available at the event ensuring that you leave with a memento in Polaroid form too!

The grand launching started withe CEO of Tempo Properties giving an opening speech.

Followed by the launching ceremony!

And let the party begin!

There are a lot of interesting 3D murals at The Atmosphere for you to see. Some of the 3D murals that you'll find there:

These are not even 5% of the total of the 3D murals being presented there. To see more of it, you'll have to take yourself to The Atmosphere at Seri Kembangan.

What is The Atmosphere? The Atmosphere is a joint venture between Eksons Corporation Berhad and Tempo Properties Sdn Bhd, an award-winning integrated commercial development that is `The Atmosphere’ has won 2 awards; the Asia Pacific Awards-Best Mixed-use Development Malaysia and the Asia Pacific Property Awards –Best Mixed-Use Development Asia Pacific.

A hub for the arts, culture, nature, lifestyle and community, the retail lots at `The Atmosphere’ are ideal for specialty stores, showrooms, boutiques, bistros, cafes, restaurants and banks. The wide boulevards, meanwhile, are perfectly suited for weekend kiosks and flea markets, with their aura of lively energy.

Wait! There's more! While you are there, try to strike a pose (creative, fun, surprising or whatever) with the 3D murals there because you'll stand a chance to win prizes total of RM 15,000 by joining the FB “Strike A Pose” photo contest “Strike a Pose”.

This contest begins on the 22nd with the first round of the competition themed “Most Liked Photo”. Participants who’ll upload their most creative photos on our Facebook page and receive the most “Likes” will be dubbed the winner! For those who did not win, don’t fret! You are entitled to be part of the second round of this competition that is themed “Most Creative Photo”.

Judged by the hip and artsy folks from the management team at The Atmosphere, they’ll get to decide on the winning shot. So get snappin’! Fabulous prizes with a total worth of RM15,000 are up for grabs. Bring out the creativity in you and log in to for further information.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Simon Says Turned 6, 3 Days Ago!

OMG. I forgot about my blog's birthday. It all started way back in 27th December 2007. Sorry blog, I've not been very actively posting new post this year. Hopefully I'll get my writing engine a boost next year. Oh, well better late than never. Happy Birthday!

So far, this blog has achieved more than 1.1 million of page views. Nothing to shout about if compared to other popular blogs that easily achieve this number in a month if not week. It took Simon Says 6 years, well it's quite an accomplishment for me.

On a personal note, I was able to achieved my 2013 new year resolution that I've set for myself, which is to slim down. My Triglyceride level came down from a dangerous level during my body checkup two years ago to normal level when I did my body check early this month. I was able to shed about 15KG worth of body fat. I started in February with a weight of 95.6KG and now maintaining at a weight of about 80KG.

I've not time to create a new header yet. Maybe I'll do one in the New Year 2014. You can read about my previous blog birthday posts here.

Happy New Year!!

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Experience ArtSphere 208ty at The Atmosphere, Seri Kembangan

Do you love visually beautiful objects or views? If the answer is yes, then you would love to go to The Atmosphere at Seri Kembangan this Sunday 22nd DEC 2013 for the ArtSphere 208ty.

It is the grand launching of The Atmosphere in Seri Kembangan. It is a new shopping area and they have invited 20 international and local artists to paint 80 mural arts in the area. These murals are special because they are 3D and interactive. It is Malaysia's most diverse collection of 3D murals.It is the grand launching of The Atmosphere in Seri Kembangan. It is a new shopping area and they have invited 20 international and local artists to paint 80 mural arts in the area. These murals are special because they are 3D and interactive. It is Malaysia's most diverse collection of 3D murals.

Here is a sneak peak of what you could see on Sunday:

Not only you'll be treated with visual eye candies but you stand a chance to win great prizes such as Samsung Note 3 with LG Pocket Printer or iPad Mini by joining the Strike A Post Photo Contest on that day. All prizes are worth up to RM 15,000.

Come and join this grand launching and be wow by the 3D murals and win some prizes home. Admission is FREE! For more information please visit or

Monday, November 25, 2013

Sector Focused Career Fair - Shared Services and Outsourcing

Did you know that last week Talent Corporation Malaysia Berhad (TalentCorp) hosted a Sector Focus Career Fair (SFCF) today at University Teknologi Mara (UiTM). SFCF UiTM was a joint effort between TalentCorp, Graduan, MDeC and UiTM. The focus areas for the fair were Shared Services and Outsourcing (SSO).

I myself am working in Shared Services and Outsourcing industry, which specialized in IT SSO. Previously I was working in Hewlett-Packard (HP), which has an IT SSO business unit. We work for HP but are supporting the IT infrastructure of our customers that outsourced part or all their IT infrastructure to HP to minimize their IT cost.

Two years ago I left HP and joined JT International (JTI) as a Data Center Operation Analyst. In JTI, my department is somewhat like a shared services that supports JTI's data center infrastructure around the globe. My department doesn't only support Malaysia. The different between working is HP and JTI is that the former is serving external customers while the latter is supporting internal customers.

SSO is a growing industry and there are a lot of demand. Malaysia seems to be one of the choice for Multi National Company to set up at SSO hub such as Global IT Services or Global Finance Services or Global Business Services. Yes, SSO is not limited to IT services.

According to Johan Mahmood Merican, CEO of TalentCorp, “The success of our Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) depends on having the right quantity and quality of talent, to support Malaysia’s priority sectors to move up the value chain and continue growing. Malaysia certainly has a strong pipeline of young talent. TalentCorp and UiTM are hosting this SFCF to provide exposure and attract our young Malaysian graduates to pursue an exciting career with the fast growing shared services sector. We certainly believe it is a win-win proposition – through a career in shared services, our young graduates will enjoy an international experience from right here in Malaysia and at the same time, our graduates can play their part in contributing to the success of the industry and Malaysia’s transformation. “

“UiTM’s vision is to establish its reputation as a premier university of academic excellence, able to produce dynamic individuals of world-class standards and globally competitive with sound ethical standing. Here we aim to enhance the knowledge and expertise of the next generation of talents in all fields of study through professional programmes, research work and community service based on moral values and professional ethics. In this globalised world, we welcome such initiatives as this sector focused career fair as it provides our students with a solid platform to explore critical industries like SSO and to contribute towards Malaysia’s growth,” said Professor Dato’ Dr. Abdullah Mohammed Said, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Student Affairs, UiTM.

SFCF UiTM is supported by more than 30 companies, including AIG, DHL, Electrolux, Frost & Sullivan, GlaxoSmithKline, HP, IBM, LaFarge, Sime Darby and PwC.

The SFCF provides an opportunity for graduates to meet with CEOs and senior HR representatives of participating companies, while providing a platform for companies to scout for potential talent from universities in Malaysia. Several critical industries are in need of top talent, and the undergraduates are able to use this opportunity to better understand these developing sectors in Malaysia. The companies also have the opportunity to educate the public about industry developments, sectoral branding and increase understanding of the SSO sector.

The two-day event included Career Talks and Couch Corner Slot. Career Talks is a platform developed for the young generation to engage with prominent industry leaders while the Couch Corner Slot was designed for the visitors, especially students, to interact with the companies in a relaxed atmosphere.

For further information on TalentCorp and SFCF, please visit or

Friday, November 22, 2013

If Your Plan A Failed, There's Always Plan B

There was one time colleague A asked another colleague B during lunch time, where to go for lunch? So, colleague B replied,"We are going for Plan B.". Colleague A then asked,"So where are we going for plan B? I didn't know we have a plan A". Hahaha. Colleague A didn't know Plan B is the name of the place that he's going to eat in.

Joke aside. Last week, thanks to Nuffnang's interest group #NNTasteBuddies, I got to taste a variety of food from Plan B that I haven't tried before. There are just so many choices in the menu. We went to have a food review session in Plan B, Bangsar Village. Henry, Mai Sarah, Saimatkong and Jun Zheng were there too.

Now let's starts with the coffee. Plan B has their own blend of roasted coffee, which I found is quite nice. I had Flat White and later an Australian Iced Coffee.

A scoop of vanila ice-cream in the iced coffee. Nice. I don't even have to put in the syrup.

Now let's eat!

Avo Quino is kind of of dish that one will order for breakfast and it's vegetarian food.

Avocado and poached eggs? My kind of thing.

We were told that one of their more popular pasta dish is the Asian-Style Soft-shell crab spaghettini. This a kind of a fusion dish. Rich butter sauce covered the spaghettini and a tinge of curry leaves. Yums. Recommended to be shared if not it will be too jelak.

Looking for pasta with more greens? Look no further. We tried the Arugula Pesto Spaghettini with seafood (please not the seafood is optional). Aroma of pine nuts from the pesto sauce is nice. Pasta is cooked al dente.

In between the heavy stuffs, we added something refreshing like the Som Tam Crab salad, which is green papaya salad. BIG Group's marketing people love it.

Nasi Lemak Goreng is a combination of two of our all time favourite mamak food, nasi lemak and nasi goreng kampung. I like the sourish sambal, it's so appetizing.

Going for some tea time snack? One can opt for Spicy Fish Tacos. To me not very spicy at all. Fish is cooked just right. Sweet potato fries as side is something not normally found but it's the norm for Plan B.

Not a fan of fish? Why not go for the Char-Grilled Kimchi Chicken Burger? Burger is tender but I will like the kimchi to be a little bit more sourish.

Oh, Plan B just revamped their menu, some of the food we tried are new in the menu. They took out my favourite Ox Tongue Sandwich :(

Now the mother of all comfort food must be the Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Crispy skin and the meat still juicy and tender. It's so sinfully good.

Now even though we are quite full already, we still make rooms for dessert. The Coconut Cake is nice.

But the Apple Sugee Cake is awesome! Warm apple sugee cake eaten with the cold vanilla ice-cream is da bomb. I think it will paired very well with coffee.

Plan B is really a good place to look for comfort food and a cuppa. Plan B has outlets in Bangsar Village, Mid Valley, Publika, One Utama, Paradigm Mall and Ipoh. Click here for the address and business hour.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Genting's Halloween Horror Spirits 2 Starts Today!

Officially started last Saturday on the 19th of October which was somewhat like a warm up. Today, 24th of October will be the starts of 4 consecutive days of Genting's Halloween Horror Spirits 2 which will ends on the 27th. I happened to be able to go for the warm up on 19th, which is last Saturday.

Two years ago I went to Hong Kong for the Halloween themed night entry of Ocean Park and Disneyland HK. Which was quite an experience. This year, I didn't get a chance to go overseas so I went up to Genting Highland to try out their Halloween Horror Spirits 2.

Let the journey begin.

Traveling to the entrance of the attraction alone is quite eery because we have to go through some dark alley.

Haunted Playground

An abandoned playground with spirits wandering there. Take a picture with the spirits, if you dare.

I wondered what will happened if I don't stay away from the swing.

Scary Rating: 1/5

First World Hotel

Scary Rating: 5/5

Just kidding. =P

Old Shanghai

Chinese themed spirits haunt this place.

Do you dare to buy dim sum from him?

I'll say, she's pretty scary.

Scary Rating: 1/5

Prison Freak

Passing through Old Shanghai, one will find Prison Freak. One of the two horror houses that is available. Pretty much you'll be going through a prison that has not so friendly people lockup in there. Please don't freakout if you find some of them not properly locked. Muahahaha.

Here, we are only allowed in group by group. So, some waiting is needed.

Scary Rating: 2/5

City of Walker

You can skipped Prison Freak and go on to the City of Walker. This place is crowded with zombies.

Some freak accident happened?

Meet the walkers.

There will be dance performance too every half-an-hour. If you are lucky, you might be able to catch the zombies attacking the police.

Scary Rating: 2/5

Ghost Village (猛鬼村)

After coming in from Haunted Playground, you'll see this sign. Turn left to Old Shanghai and turn right to Ghost Village. We turned left to Old Shanghai first, hence we need to go all the way to the other side to go to Ghost Village.

I was a bit disappointed with Ghost Village. Is that it?

Scary Rating: 0/5

Kisah Rumah Puaka

After passing through Ghost Village, we've came to our final haunting. Kisah Rumah Puaka. This is of course Malay themed horror house.

In here you'll find Hantu Bungkus. Was there a Pontianak too? Just be careful of the bomoh there!

Scary Rating: 2.5/5

P.S. I am basically quite immune to the haunted houses, so the scary rating I put here is for those brave people, add 1 or 2 more points to the rating if you are a timid person :p

Halloween Horror Spirits 2 Ticket Pricing:

  • RM48 (Normal Price)
  • RM38 for Genting Rewards Card member, Theme Park Annual Passport WorldCard member, wristband holder of Indoor Theme Park One Day Unlimited Ride Pass on the event day
  • RM35 via iHoliday online booking

Halloween Horror Spirits 2013
Date: 19, 24, 25, 26 & 27 October 2013
Time: 8pm – 12midnight
Venue: Genting Outdoor Theme Park

For more information, call 03–6101 1118 or visit